Topo #1834 - Chandler-Wollomombi Ridge

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4 *** Wollomombi-Chandler Ridge

Only experienced bushwalkers or rock climbers should attempt this trip. Helmets recommended. The party will need some large Hexes or Friends, and approx. 10 long slings with carabineers to sling bushes, the only protection after the start crack. Start: The junction of the two rivers. Move up the ridge through bushes and rotten hand holds till you are confronted with a steep wall, split by a chimney. The chimney has been done but it is easier to move about 40m left till you come to a crack in a corner. This corner is the only place where you need Hexes or Cams. Climb the groove to the crest of the ridge. Continue up and along the ridge using slings and carabineers as running belays. A step in the ridge (a bridge) is the first major obstacle. Running belays are difficult to find here so don’t fall off. Further along the ridge there are two large rock towers. Negotiate these on the right-hand side. Eventually you will come to a large rainforest saddle, full of vines and creepers. The best route out of the saddle is via the extreme left-hand side. The first thirty metres is loose and dangerous- take care. Swing up through bushes and loose handholds, gradually moving across to the right. At this point the drop-off into the Chandler (on the right) is frightening. A few short walls, a little more scrambling and you will be back on the gorge rim. Head up onto the walking track and back to the car.

12 Trad 330m Unlink route
5 *** The Tooth of Death

You've come this far, you may as well do the Tooth! Roughly half way along the ridge, instead of walking around, climb up some chossy rock on hangers to the best view in the gorge standing on a platform about a foot across with sheer drops into both gorges. Rap of the chains and then keep slogging up the hill.

18 Sport 25m, 7 Unlink route
1 *** Wollomombi Falls Rap Route

Although not technically a climbing route, the abseiling/rappelling route of Wollomombi Falls deserves it's own description. It can be used to access any of the routes in the Gorge. Follow the walking track across Wollomombi Creek to the lookout overlooking the top of the falls, on the east side. Walk about 50m back to the start of the metal railing and scramble left down a small ridge to the main pool at the top of the falls. Depending on the water level you can make a very exposed jump across the outlet of the pool as it drains over the falls or swim. Keep rock hopping/scrambling for another 30-50m towards the ridge, staying high. During high water levels, this may entail getting wet. Once you are on a ridge that has bit of vegetation on it, head down for approximately 20m to the chains. 1. 20m. The first rap is quite short to reduce rope drag and ends on a decent ledge. 2. 45m to chains at a semi-hanging belay 3. 20m to a semi-hanging belay 4. 50m over a large overhang to low angled terrain. 5. Either scramble down from here or make another rappel (approx. 30m) from one of several anchors, to the creek bed.

Unknown 170m Unlink route

Topo #7477

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1 *** Wollomombi Falls Rap Route

Although not technically a climbing route, the abseiling/rappelling route of Wollomombi Falls deserves it's own description. It can be used to access any of the routes in the Gorge. Follow the walking track across Wollomombi Creek to the lookout overlooking the top of the falls, on the east side. Walk about 50m back to the start of the metal railing and scramble left down a small ridge to the main pool at the top of the falls. Depending on the water level you can make a very exposed jump across the outlet of the pool as it drains over the falls or swim. Keep rock hopping/scrambling for another 30-50m towards the ridge, staying high. During high water levels, this may entail getting wet. Once you are on a ridge that has bit of vegetation on it, head down for approximately 20m to the chains. 1. 20m. The first rap is quite short to reduce rope drag and ends on a decent ledge. 2. 45m to chains at a semi-hanging belay 3. 20m to a semi-hanging belay 4. 50m over a large overhang to low angled terrain. 5. Either scramble down from here or make another rappel (approx. 30m) from one of several anchors, to the creek bed.

Unknown 170m Unlink route
2 ** After the Rain

Right up the main falls.Only climbable when the falls are completely dry. This generally only during extended drought. Note: The line on the topo is based on a 20 year old memory and could be quite wrong. Whoever climbs it next should update the topo. Start: Technically about 17 but some sparse protection on the crux pitch(needs RP’s). Take a full rack. Scramble up onto the large terrace directly under the waterfall. Twin cracks in a corner lead up onto the large pillar. 1. 25m. Up the twin crack corner on your right, to a large ledge with a large block. 2. 40m. From the right-hand side of the ledge climb up the channel using cracks on either side, then veer left up to a good ledge. 3. 25m. (crux) Up the steep open corner to a small (half metre) roof. From here step delicately back down then to the left, then easily up to low angled crack corner and belay.(#6 Hex in place) 4. 50m. Continue straight up the crack/corner, carefully through two loose sections, then excellent rock to sentry box. 5. 10m. From the belay step left then easily to top of main falls. (A long scramble, following the water course leads up to a large pool. From the pool move left and up through scrub to the gorge top.)

18 Trad 190m Unlink route
3 ** Gods of Thunder

Again, this route can only be climbed when the falls are completely dry which is once in a blue moon. The second climb to be completed on the Wollomombi Falls face. Can only be done in times of drought. Note: The line on the topo is based on a 20 year old memory and could be quite wrong. Whoever climbs it next should update the topo. Start: The first roped pitch starts left beside the twin cracks of After The Rain. 1. 40m. Scramble (solo ) up to the ledge to the start of A.T.R. 2. 40m.Up the crack left of the twin crack corner, to where the line steepens and splits. Take the left crack for 3m. then step left to a good belay ledge. 3. 40m. Continue up crack to a large diagonal ledge and belay next to small detached block. 4. 30m. Traverse left 3m. over to another crack line and continue up this to where very poor rock forces you to traverse right(about level with the big roof on your left) 10m. to join A.T.R. Up 4m. to belay at a stance where the crack branches. 5. 45m. Take the left-hand crack (A.T.R. is the right-hand crack) to belay at the top of the waterfall face. Scramble out left and along gorge rim to get back to the carpark

18 Trad 200m Unlink route

Topo #2530

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4 *** Wollomombi-Chandler Ridge

Only experienced bushwalkers or rock climbers should attempt this trip. Helmets recommended. The party will need some large Hexes or Friends, and approx. 10 long slings with carabineers to sling bushes, the only protection after the start crack. Start: The junction of the two rivers. Move up the ridge through bushes and rotten hand holds till you are confronted with a steep wall, split by a chimney. The chimney has been done but it is easier to move about 40m left till you come to a crack in a corner. This corner is the only place where you need Hexes or Cams. Climb the groove to the crest of the ridge. Continue up and along the ridge using slings and carabineers as running belays. A step in the ridge (a bridge) is the first major obstacle. Running belays are difficult to find here so don’t fall off. Further along the ridge there are two large rock towers. Negotiate these on the right-hand side. Eventually you will come to a large rainforest saddle, full of vines and creepers. The best route out of the saddle is via the extreme left-hand side. The first thirty metres is loose and dangerous- take care. Swing up through bushes and loose handholds, gradually moving across to the right. At this point the drop-off into the Chandler (on the right) is frightening. A few short walls, a little more scrambling and you will be back on the gorge rim. Head up onto the walking track and back to the car.

12 Trad 330m Unlink route
5 *** The Tooth of Death

You've come this far, you may as well do the Tooth! Roughly half way along the ridge, instead of walking around, climb up some chossy rock on hangers to the best view in the gorge standing on a platform about a foot across with sheer drops into both gorges. Rap of the chains and then keep slogging up the hill.

18 Sport 25m, 7 Unlink route

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